Independence QB Brian Courtney (Photo: Joe Barnes/recruitNoVA)
Brian Courtney started the month with no Division I offers
by Andy Hilton, recruit757
In the month of March, a lot has changed for Independence High School quarterback Brian Courtney (2022 QB 6-3 225).
His team has raced out to a 4-1 record in the spring season and has clinched a playoff berth in Region 3B.
He may have started the month with no Division I offers, but he’s at four now as we’re at the end of the month.
In mid-March, he picked up his first D1 offer from Campbell. Last weekend, he added Columbia and Florida State, and Old Dominion jumped in with an offer on Tuesday.
— Brian Courtney (@Brian_Courtney4) March 26, 2021
“He’s excited about the offers. There are a lot more coming,” said Independence head coach R.J. Windows. “It’s validation. It shows the hard work and dedication he has shown on and off the field is being rewarded.”
Courtney proved that he’s a workhorse at a recruit757 Spotlight Camp last summer. Without throwing a ball, he proved his speed, agility, twitch, and lower body strength as he was put through his paces at Norfolk Indoor Sports Turf. His 4.2 GPA and 1470 SAT score show that he’s effective in the classroom or virtually.
After a great call with @RickyRahne I’m blessed to say I’ve received an offer from Old Dominion University!! @CoachKCampbell @andrejones1185 @rjwindows @IndyHSFootball @VAQB8 pic.twitter.com/Ju7TVFUylb
— Brian Courtney (@Brian_Courtney4) March 30, 2021
The offer list is an indication of what type of schools are interested. It’s bound to be a microcosm of his offer list moving forward: powerhouse schools like Florida State, regional group of five schools like Old Dominion, smaller Division I options like Campbell, and high-academic institutions like Columbia, who’s in the Ivy League.
Independence is one of the newest schools in the state, but their success is a testament to Coach Windows, the players who have bonded there, and Brian Courtney’s leadership.
“I think it’s pretty special In our second year of existence Independence has an Iowa State commit (kicker Keegan Shackford), a Towson commit (tight end Griffin Patterson). and now a junior with many Division 1 offers. Josh Hand (2022 WR 6-1 200) and Elijah Tidwell (2022 Slot/DB 5-8 190) should be on many radars as well.
Brian Courtney is an amazing leader. He is a weight room warrior and he is constantly working on his craft.”
– Andy Hilton
Moments after this article was first published on Wednesday afternoon, UMass offered Brian giving him five Division I offers as of March 31. -AH